Friday, March 8, 2019


While the one-off returning-contestant competition “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” has already run its course to a finale in mid-February, its fellow NBC reality show “The Voice” has only just started hitting its stride when it premiered its 16th season the following week. The coaches’ panel of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and first-timer John Legend has had three episodes’ worth of new hopefuls from across the United States to sift through during the blind audition phase. But on the March 4 episode there was a teenage boy from the Philippines that managed to catch their attention so strongly.
ABS-CBN News tells us that the US edition of “The Voice” will once again have a Filipino contestant in the limelight, something that Jej Vinson is going to hope to keep on him all the way to the finals if he can. Vinson, who as he would later explain to the coaches was from Davao City in the Philippines but currently a resident of Los Angeles, would blow the socks off Clarkson, Legend, Levin and Shelton when it was his turn to do his blind edition. He was the eleventh and last of the batch for episode 3, aired Sunday.
Vinson’s audition piece was “Passionfruit” from the “More Life” (2017) playlist of Canadian singer-rapper Drake. From the first notes he was able to snap the about-face coaches to attention, leading to Shelton Blake being the first to turn around for him. Kelly Clarkson followed a few seconds later, while Adam Levine and John Legend were seen to look at one another and acknowledge Vinson’s vocal talent. By the time he got to the refrain, Levine and Legend made a simultaneous turn, winning all four chairs for the Filipino contestant, much to the excitement of his family watching from the sidelines.
When Jej Vinson was finished, Clarkson walked up to give him a peck on the cheek for his performance. Adam Levine summed up the coaches’ general reaction by chanting “You’re a better singer than all of us,” which the Davaoeño-Angeleno humbly refuted with “That’s not true.” Legend noted on his opinion that Vinson managed to go past Drake’s monotone (in his opinion) and make “Passionfruit” his own with his vocals. Levine concurred, adding that he would like to work with Vinson to add more feeling and connection to his songs to avoid “perfectionism.”
Shelton forecast that the teen might win “The Voice” season 16 while Clarkson described his audition as “effortless,” and that she could be the coach that will help him win the competition. Vinson would agree and choose the “American Idol” veteran’s team.
“The Voice” US edition, long hosted by Carson Daly, airs every Sunday evening on NBC.
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